09 February 2009 @ 09:58 pm
[Axis Powers Hetalia] Power Play
Notes: Once, Finland was a Duchy of Russia. To strain relations between Sweden and Finland, Russia elevated the Finnish language to the same level of importance Swedish enjoyed. It was a smooth move; even today, there's a very obvious tension between the two countries.

This was a response written for [livejournal.com profile] hetalia_kink. It was a totally awesome prompt, and I'm glad I got the chance to jump on it. The actual porning in itself is kind of weak, but I haven't written anything remotely porny in pretty much forever, so. Bear with me, eh?

Also, writing sane, quietly evil Russia-kun is way too much fun.

Russia shows Sweden his place in the world, by leaving his mark on the one thing Sweden cannot protect -- his wife.

power play
(my head is aflame
my body is distant)

Sweden stands statue-still, long fingers clenching into tight fists at his sides as he tries to survey the situation with some semblance of dignity. Russia is ... is he doing this for Sweden's benefit? Drawing borders? Or is it --?

Oh, how his little wife has grown, willowy and lean and beautiful with sky-blue eyes that dance like a child's. His wife, the one he's protected and cherished since their break from Denmark. His wife, who now kneels near the great throne where Russia sits, those dancing eyes clouded by something entirely different, now. Power. Real importance, or something close enough to it to matter. His first true taste in who can say how long. Something Sweden has not, has never offered; and addictive, without a doubt.

Sweden thanks the seas that Russia is in one of his better moods. Though still dangerous, his mind seems clear enough this day. He almost seems ... affable, pleasant. And even if he isn't, Finland can deal with that type better than anyone, save for perhaps Lithuania.

So far, Russia seems to be completely ignoring (or has forgotten) Sweden, concentrating those luminous violet eyes on the smaller nation at his feet. For the hundredth time, Sweden wonders why he's decided to accompany Finland on this unexpected journey to give thanks for this unexpected honor; he is not unfamiliar with the way Russia works, and it is this knowledge that keeps him close by Finland's side, even as Russia sets aside the bottle and begins to work his magic.

Russia can be incredibly gentle and persuasive when it pleases him to do so. And Finland, eyes glazed and glittering, is accepting every note, every low rumble of a whisper that hints of a special intimacy, responding in soft, lyrical Finnish, his tone giddy. Russia, who is leaning in, an expression of benevolence painted across his features as he presses a feather-soft kiss against the smooth skin of Finland's forehead.

Sweden doesn't know whether to snort or turn away. Instead, he settles for continuing his vigilance, fighting the brutal sting of dismissal as Russia slowly undoes the dark ribbon at Finland's throat. There is no resistance, not even when those large, pale hands began working at delicate pearl buttons, loosening them slowly, one by one.

"You love me, yes?" Russia's words are husky, pushed through a throat that has been burned by far too much vodka, and far too many screams.

The smaller man nods.

"I will take good care of you, little one." Even the accent is soft, and Sweden knows Russia is at his most dangerous now, displaying a manner easily underestimated. Finland makes a soft noise of acceptance, and then Russia is upon him, all eager mouth and hands, claiming dominance over such an unspoiled prize. Sweden, a forgotten statue between suits of ancient armor in the shadows, cannot look away as his little wife is undressed.

Surprising, that Russia can still be gentle. Perhaps he cares for the smaller Finn as more than just a conquest; the thought does not sit well in Sweden's mind. And then there is little mind left for such thoughts; Russia is leading Finland closer, one large hand directing those slow, inexorable steps, the other curling against Finland's hip. A calculated gesture, to offer a place on this throne to Finland, and never mind the exact coordinates of that seat -- Finland, however, does not seem to notice (or perhaps he simply doesn't care, caught in the thrill of recognition), the first start of a tremble visible even from where Sweden stands. The many layers of symbolism certainly aren't lost on Sweden.

Russia, his first hand mirroring the hold of the second, lifts Finland as if he were made of paper and settles the smaller man in his lap, face to face. There's a soft gasp, and then a quiet sound of another kind: it's impossible to be ignorant of the fact that this arrangement pleases Russia in more ways than one, especially when Russia's hands are pressing Finland closer, violet eyes fluttering for a moment in indecision before falling closed. Those huge hands roam across Finland's back, calming with measured gestures before moving to the other side to inflame. From where he stands, Sweden cannot see what exactly Russia does, but from the sound of Finland's gasps and groans (so shy and hesitant at first, but steadily gaining volume and heat) and little whimpers of want, it's more than enough.

The big Russian pauses for a moment to retrieve the ribbon, to tie it once again around the smaller man's throat. It seems to amuse him somehow.

When he begins again, there is something far less gentle in his ministrations -- Sweden, caught between the deep desire to turn away and deny the scene, and another, less savory fragment of himself that is able to appreciate it in the way one might appreciate a tasteful erotic painting (one that hides more than it reveals, allowing the viewer's fertile imagination to fill the tableau on their own), barely stifles the quiet moan that threatens to escape his lips. As if he'd heard -- and perhaps he had -- Russia's eyes flicker open as he leans forward, focusing on the shadows Sweden inhabits. He smiles then, the look feral and wild. He bends his lips to Finland's ear and murmurs something inaudible; Finland shudders hard and nods once, tightly, before his small hands are caught in a motion of their own, teasing and exploring and finding and Sweden is certain this is no longer a one-sided game.

Their lips meet, crushing and tasting, and one of Russia's hands has found a focal point, moving rhythmically, a counterpoint to the steady shift of Finland's hips. The smaller man is shaking, fingers twisting into winter-blond hair as he moves against Russia, and Sweden finds his attention caught suddenly on the play of muscles beneath pale, pale skin, just as surely as his ears are straining to catch the muffled cadence of Finland's soft moans over the sound of sliding, sweat-slick flesh. The tension in Finland's body is growing visibly, building and expanding until Russia stops moving altogether and breaks away to allow the grateful cry of release to ring through the audience chamber.

It is then that Sweden realizes he is shaking like a leaf, hard as a rock and sick with shame and unfulfilled need.

The game will not conclude so easily. Russia is a practical man (when it pleases him), and it is only a few brief seconds from the time Finland's head falls against Russia's chest to the moment Russia is reaching a wet, sticky hand to Finland's rear, seeking a new target, the real target. Finland stiffens when one of those fingers presses against him, then pushes inside.

Sweden is clenching his teeth so hard his jaw aches, glaring daggers at Russia; Russia does not notice or care, and merely continues this new task, dismantling resistance, in this as in all things. Finland is stirring once again, gasping and squirming at what is most likely a painful invasion. In the end, Sweden cannot tell whether the sound Finland makes when Russia withdraws is one of gratitude or loss. Not that it matters for long; Russia is already coaxing Finland into motion, reversing Finland's direction, directing delicate hands to clutch the arms of his throne and lift as he withdraws his own hard cock from his trousers, engorged and dark with arousal. Sweden's eyes search Finland's face for some sign of recognition, a gesture, anything, but Finland's eyes are closed tightly, head lifted to the ceiling, giving Sweden a perfect view of that dark ribbon wrapped around his slender, milk-pale throat.

Whatever preparation Russia has performed, it is not enough; Russia is huge and impatience makes him lose that gentle demeanor as he impales Finland in one smooth stroke. Finland gasps, and Sweden mirrors the sound, a hand pressing against his mouth as soon as it escapes. Russia is still for a moment that seems to last forever, allowing Finland a moment to adjust to the intrusion, surprising Sweden once again. Russia, however, is not idle, not even now, arranging Finland's body just so, back arched, head against Russia's shoulder, Finland's thighs trembling with strain and perhaps something more -- oh yes, definitely something more because Russia's hands are roaming across Finland's boyish chest, tweaking and stroking and bringing to life once more the smaller man's once-spent arousal. And then he's moving, all of him, one hand moving to guide a skinny hip down and down and down and up again, a quickly-caught rhythm, old as time itself. The steady sound of flesh-on-flesh and Russia's quiet grunts fill the space with something more than uneasy silence, and Sweden thinks 's this show for my benefit?, and Sweden thinks th' chair must have gotten bigger since th' last time or maybe it's because Finland's just that much smaller, and Sweden thinks of Finland, sweating and writhing fifty paces before him, paying the price of his gratitude, tousled and shaking and lovely -- so lovely -- still.

Russia's eyes find Sweden over the curve of Finland's shoulder, and he smiles again, eyes half-lidded, an expression that's anything but friendly. An expression that says mine, that draws a half-growl from Sweden's throat, pulling him one step closer. The moment past, Russia finds greater entertainment in marking Finland's shoulder with his teeth. It takes a moment for Sweden to realize that Finland now is watching him, and a moment longer for Sweden to decipher the look he's being given -- a look that, had Russia caught it, would have surely caused him to raze Sweden to the ground. Blue eyes widen impossibly, but that moment passes as well, and Finland's eyes are closing once more.

"Come," Russia growls at last, his attention fixed on Sweden like a predator. Sweden jerks back a step, now there's a phrase with meaning, but Russia is beckoning with a sadistic half-smirk that brokers no room for argument. As soundlessly as possible, Sweden approaches, eyes wary, watching for that spark of insanity to arise once more. He wonders what, if anything, he can do -- he has always been removed, Finland eternally caught between the two of them, and it's never had so much meaning as it does now. Whatever desire he felt dies a quick, ugly death, shriveling in the face of the half-mad creature before him and his games.

"You want to touch him, don't you?" That rough voice rides up his spine, sends him shivering despite the warmth of his clothing, and Sweden cannot find the voice to answer, fighting hard to keep the fury from his eyes. Russia's lips caress the side of Finland's neck, continuing on as if for all the world he were just sharing a word of wisdom over tea rather than driving himself into the smaller man between them, harder and deeper with every stroke. "Do it, if you can." The last is little more than a challenging growl, and Sweden understands what he means. Russia's mark may in time fade from vision, but on Sweden's soul, it is indelible.

As much as he wants to reach out and pull Finland away, he interjects enough hesitant-seeming pause to satisfy Russia's sense of triumph -- as usual, Finland does not understand what is unspoken, and the expression he turns on Sweden is full of confusion, followed by resigned hurt. Later, Sweden tells himself. Time for that later. He reaches out to cradle Finland's face in his hands, averting his gaze as Russia gives one final, rough thrust, and Finland cries out softly in answer. It is a face he has wanted to see for years and years, and now he is not ready to face.

At last it is over, and despite the churning nausea Sweden holds Finland steady until he's sure he won't fall over, then bends to retrieve Finland's clothes, moving with deadly calm. Russia, unmoved since his release, simply watches with lazy curiosity, and Sweden wants nothing more than to wipe that smug smile from Russia's face with his fist. Finland does not resist when Sweden guides his arms into his sleeves, and only gasps softly when he's pulled away from Russia's lap. Sweden doesn't spare Russia so much as a sideways glance as he finishes dressing Finland, then gathers the smaller man into his arms, cradling him against his chest protectively.

Wordlessly, he stalks down the carpet, towards the door.

Behind him, Russia giggles softly, an eerie combination of innocence and madness that hangs in the air like a poisonous cloud. "Come again!"

Never again, Sweden swears silently, and prays that it is true.
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[identity profile] wanderingscribe.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)

...err, I mean. Damn. Wow. I should have figured considering the high quality of that fic, but...surprise and all that.

(and now I can put this in my memories so I can read it over and over and over. Today is a good day, eeee.)
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[identity profile] arclights.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
I WAS BEING ALL NINJA-SNEAKY AND STUFF. But holy fuck I loved the prompt. *__*

D'awww, thank you? And the Hetalia fandom is chock full of high-quality writers, though that's totally nice of you to say so. ♥ XD I'm really glad you liked it!

(Fffff stop, you're making me blush~ *A*)
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[identity profile] wanderingscribe.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
It shows. You did it so much justice and every time I read it, it just gets better and better. Sweden's possessiveness and concern, Finland's passiveness towards Russia...I repeat, eeee.

And yeah, it is, which makes me feel so small and insecure when I read the kink meme, to be honest. I've been trying to write a second fill for the US+UK comfort Canada prompt for like a month and...it sucks. Seriously, seriously sucks. I just don't know how people do it.

(*eeeeees at you some more*)
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[identity profile] arclights.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
That might also be because I keep seeing things that need tweaked? I've messed with a lot of it since the initial posting -- the biggest, I'd suppose, being the change from their "human" names back to nation-names. Although I still adore Bernard as a name. xD It feels kind of weird to write about that situation sometimes because I've still got a case of that AUUUGH FOOLISH AMERICAN complex and I'm totally afraid I'll fuck it up. I do have Finnish friends, though. *shot*

There's some really amazing stuff over there. *___* I've been meaning to catch up on it, but between work and other stuff my life's been ridiculously hectic as of late. D: SOMEDAY. I'm honestly blown away by the level of talent all across the board in this fandom. Sure, it's not all gold, but the ratio of good vs. not-so-good is much higher than any fandom I've ever been in previously. I want to read this! I know you feel that way, but I have faith in your mad skillz so don't give up! I want to read this someday. *___*

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[identity profile] wanderingscribe.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Actually, I've been re-reading the meme version. I did notice the switch from human names to country names in this version, though. Which, by the way, is another thing that makes me confused/frustrated. I have no clue how to write country names without sounding awkward, but everyone seems to have a dislike of the perfectly okay human names.

Also, I know how you feel with that AUUUGH FOOLISH AMERICAN complex. It's hitting me so hard with the US+UK+Canada thing right now that it's not funny, especially with how I'm portraying UK and Canada. (You'd think I'd pull this off better seeing as my dad's side of the fam is from Ireland and I live like an hour away from Canada.)

*checks meme everyday* ...Eheheheh, そうですね? ^_^;

(You have more faith in me than I do in myself. I'm gonna feel so rotten if I let you down now.)

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[identity profile] kainoliero.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
This is pure brilliance, sad and dark and so unbelievably hot! I've read it over and over again at hetalia kink and it just doesn't get old... <3 Btw Russia/Finland is just as relevant to my interests as Sweden/Finland and all three together = OOOH YES PLEASE. But even so, you're a great writer and I want to read more of your fics. Plz don't mind me stalkering a little now that I know who you are. ):3
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[identity profile] arclights.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Aah, thank you! ♥ I keep wishing I could go back and edit over there, but I'll content myself with tweaking it all over the place over here instead? XD Honestly, Russia/just about anyone makes me totally happy, because he's such a complicated character with such an ... incredibly varied history and dude, I am such a sucker for tragedy.

I hope to write more soon, as well. Feel free to stalk! /o/
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[identity profile] chiruha-kyuu.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I must have not read this over at the kink meme because I was afraid it would break my heart. And what do you know, I was absolutely right.

It's wonderfully written, IC and overall amazing. I loved it! But I'll have to go to Chibitalia in order to cheer-u- OWAIT, we know how that ends. Nevermind ;______;
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[identity profile] arclights.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Fffff sorry? XD; They are kind of heartbreaking, but ... that's my favorite kind of story.

Thank you so much! A-and ... yeah. v_____v That's something else I'd love to go into; they make me ten kinds of misty-eyed. ;___;
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[identity profile] zefringo.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Ah damn... That was so amazing~~~ Gah, I'm stunned, impressed, and well, kind of dying from joy. Lol. I don't believe I've read a better one-shot in ages [and I do read a lot, so it counts for something, maybe ;P ]... It was all so thoroughly elaborate with detail. And yet, you also incorporated some "subtleties" that worked extremely well throughout the story. And yesh, those descriptions were highly alluring and colorful. I really could almost "see" your portrayal. Also, it seemed almost realistic to me, making it only more intriguing to read. And overall, I truly enjoyed reading it over several times, myself.

And so, thank you for your marvelous contribution. Hope you continue to write whatever you can~! Good luck with ideas for future stories~ ^-^

[lol, just FYI, I'm a bit overly zealous over some Fanfic stories so sorry if I write kind of "crazy" and incomprehensible comments. ;/ ]
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[identity profile] arclights.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
W-wow ... I'm blushing, I kid you not. That's some mighty high praise, and I appreciate it quite a lot! ♥ Not to mention that I'm absurdly pleased that you liked it.

I hope to write more, too. .___. Hopefully I can get around to it soon! ♥

[ffff no worries, we all have things we're passionate about, eh?]
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[identity profile] twistedsheets10.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)


I think I commented there anon but man, this is pretty much one of the HOTTEST entries in the meme. I have it saved in my hard drive.

The dynamics between the three of them was so disturbing and hot at the same time. O_o

(Interesting. Finland made Russia pay so very hard in the war years to come after being a duchy)
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[identity profile] arclights.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)

Ffffff thank you. xDD I'm stoked that you liked it so much! *o*

It really is. They're three of my favorite countries/characters in Hetalia -- Finland and Sweden look cute and sweet and it's really easy to overlook some of the crazy shit they've gone through. Russia ... well, he speaks for himself, but the spark of sane in him makes me giddy; together, they really do have a fantastic, tense dynamic that's fantastic and just ... yes. Yes.

(Entirely unsurprising, that; Finland is ever the demanding waifu. XDD)
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[identity profile] hachisu-no-mi.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh Berwald.....
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[identity profile] yoarastrophe.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
That was so disturbing and. and. Sweden. ;_;

"Sweden thinks of Finland, sweating and writhing fifty paces before him, paying the price of his gratitude, tousled and shaking and lovely -- so lovely -- still."

SWEDEN. ;______;
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